This past weekend I have been looking for a place near UC Davis, the college I am attending, because school dorms only can take one year of students (priority to freshman). The first step of finding an apartment was to see what apartments are available. My search was relatively easy because I already had 3 roommates, so we were only going to go look at apartments that had a 4 room model. In UC Davis, there is a site called DavisWiki which has almost all information needed for a life in UC Davis. After looking at the wiki page for apartments, only 10 of them had a 4 room model. After comparing prices and location, we were able to eliminate a few choices because they were just too far or were not worth for the price. Some were also sold out already.
The next step was to visit the possible apartments. For my case, we went to Sharps and Flats and Tanglewood, which were south of UC Davis, Trees and Sorrento, which were northwest of UC Davis, and the Ramble and Viridian, which were west of UC Davis. The bike ride to the tour pretty much already the choice obvious for us. Besides for the Ramble, it would take about 15 minutes on uneven terrain to get to campus, which is not the ideal thing considering possible 7:30 am classes. Most of the people who were living there had cars to drive there, or take the bus which only comes every 30 minutes. We took tours of the various apartments. Some had two stories and uneven room size, most of them only had a few washers and dryers for the whole complex. Only Ramble had a washer and dryer in the room, as well as a close location to campus.
We did the first part of the registration thing. Then there will be an email going to my parents about the Ramble. The apartment office needs income and tax report info from them because I don't have income/credit. The email might be in the spam folder. Hopefully everything goes well.